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Home movies of Bob Dylan

November 14, 2002|Robert Hilburn

The lowdown

If you're into Bob Dylan enough to follow his set lists faithfully on the Internet, you're just the kind of cultist who is going to want to be at the University of Judiasm in Bel-Air on Saturday night. Mickey Jones, the drummer on Dylan's 1966 world "electric" tour, will host a screening of the documentary he has put together from 8-millimeter home movies he took during the tour.

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Beware

Jones is no D.A. Pennebaker, the director of "Don't Look Back," the classic '60s documentary. Jones' documentary is drawn from the kind of very ragged silent movies that people made before the arrival of the video camera. And there's not a lot of Dylan in it -- on stage or off. Like most travelers, Jones spends lots of time photographing the fronts of hotels and venues, with some tour bus footage and band high jinks thrown in. The 91-minute film (available on DVD through www.1966tourhomemovies.com) supplements the Dylan tour material with footage from Jones' earlier gigs with Trini Lopez and Johnny Rivers.

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So why care?

There's something charming in Jones' lighthearted narration about Dylan and the times that is a refreshing break from all the scholarly discussions of the man who is rock's greatest songwriter. The chances are Jones will conduct a question-and-answer session after the screening, so that could be fun.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday November 15, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 12 inches; 438 words Type of Material: Correction
Dylan tour film -- An article in Thursday's Calendar Weekend about the Saturday screening of drummer Mickey Jones' documentary film of Bob Dylan's 1966 world "electric" tour listed the wrong phone number for the University of Judaism box office. The correct number is (310) 440-1547.

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Bonus

After "1966 World Tour, the Home Movies," Jones will sit in on drums with what is billed as the only Dylan tribute band, Highway 61 Revisited, to reenact Dylan's famous 1966 Manchester, England, concert. Joel Gilbert will portray Dylan.

-- Robert Hilburn

Gindi Auditorium, University of Judiasm, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air. 8:30 p.m. $20. (310) 444-1547

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